Amazing Pipelines Stories
After an oil embargo in the 1970s, the world's largest construction companies rushed north to build the 800-mile, 8 billion Trans-Alaska pipeline. National security was at stake. The 70,000 men and women who built the pipeline saw it as a chance to find a new life, or to escape an old one.
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Many of the 70,000 men and women who worked on the pipeline saw it as a way to find a new life, or to escape an old one. The three-year boom was unlike any other, surpassing even the Gold Rush for social and economic upheaval that touched nearly every Alaskan in some way.
With an avalance of oil money came trouble -- drugs, prostitution, gambling, divorce, extortion, and violent crime. The cost of living soared. The real-estate and rental market went wild as tens of thousands came seeking fat pipeline paychecks for "seven 12s" - working seven days a week, twelve hours a day.
Thirty-five years later, award-winning journalist Dermot Cole of the "Fairbanks Daily News-Miner," recalls the best of the pipeline stories with humor, authenticity, and drama.